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Who Killed James Forrestal ?
Articles by David Martin (DC Dave)
Who Killed James Forrestal? (part 1)
Introductory article explaining why Forrestal’s death was suspicious, written without benefit of the Willcutts Report (which didn’t come to light until later). Analyzes several New York Times articles published around the time and three biographies:James Forrestal: A Study of Personality, Politics, and Policy
by Arnold A. Rogow (1963).
The Death of James Forrestal
by Cornell Simpson (1966).
Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal
by Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley (1992).
The short version
Compares and contrasts Forrestal’s death with that of Vince Foster, describes the reaction of Forrestal’s brother, notes that the Willcutts Report (as described in newspapers at the time) did not conclude suicide, considers who benefited from Forrestal’s death, points out prime suspects.
Who Killed James Forrestal? (part 2)
Much more analysis, this time informed by the Willcutts Report.
New Document Exposes Cover-up
Public announcement of the discovery of the Willcutts Report.
Who Killed James Forrestal? (part 3)
Analyzes a Washington Post newspaper article published on the 50th anniversary of Forrestal’s death. Compares the alleged Forrestal transcription of a Greek poem with authentic samples of his handwriting.
Photostats of Forrestal’s alleged transcription of Sophocles’ “Chorus From Ajax” then several samples of his handwriting from the Truman Library archives.
Who Killed James Forrestal? (part 4)
Compares Forrestal with his British counterpart, Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin. Compares Forrestal’s death with that of Folke Bernadotte of Sweden. Reveals Cornell Simpson as the penname of Medford Evans.
Who Killed James Forrestal? (part 5)
Announces Princeton’s Seeley Mudd Manuscript Library’s acquisition of the Willcutts Report and describes the response of the press and historians to it:David E. Kaiser, Professor of History at the Naval War College.Christopher Sharrett, Professor of Communications at Seton Hall University.Donald A. Ritchie, U.S. Senate Historian.Nickolas Roth, Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.Loren Ghiglione, Professor of Media Ethics at Northwestern University’s School of Journalism.
James Carroll on James Forrestal
About the book
House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
by James Carroll.
David Martin’s letters to:Douglas Brinkley, Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University.David Roll, of Steptoe & Johnson and co-author with Keith McFarland of the book Louis Johnson and the Arming of America.
Letter to James Barrens, Executive Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at St. Leo University, and James A. Rudin of same.
Post Reporter Continues Cover-up
Letter to Steve Vogel, Washington Post Pentagon correspondent and author of the book The Pentagon: A History.
Spook Shrink Flubs Script
Letter to Jerrold Post – Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology and International Affairs; Director of the Political Psychology Program at George Washington University; founder and former director of the CIA’s Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior.
Lies about the Kennedy and Forrestal Deaths
Letter to Brian Balogh, Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia and co-director of the Miller Center Fellowships in Public Affairs.
Handwriting Tells Dark Tale? (by Hugh Turley)
As does Forrestal’s former chauffeur, John Spalding.
On “Cornell Simpson,” Medford Evans, M. Stanton Evans, and the John Birch Society
About the authorship and nature of the book The Death of James Forrestal by Cornell Simpson, a pseudonym.
Forrestal’s plan to end the war with Japan five and a half months before the atom bombing, if followed, would have prevented the deaths of thousands of American soldiers at Okinawa and in other needless battles, and helped prevent post-war insanities such as allowing the Soviet Union to take over Eastern Europe.
James Forrestal and Joe McCarthy
An interesting comparison of various accounts of Joseph McCarthy’s final illness. Forrestal’s has not been the only questionable death at Bethesda.
The Pearl Harbor Betrayal and James Forrestal’s Death – as told by Walter Trohan
Walter Trohan was a journalist for the Chicago Tribune and its bureau chief in Washington, D.C. during and after WW II. He helped expose FDR’s duplicity about Pearl Harbor. This is in contrast to his later treatment of James Forrestal, about whose death he parrots the conventional story. The above article contains many interesting quotes from his autobiography Political Animals: Memoirs of a Sentimental Cynic regarding Pearl Harbor.
Who Killed James Forrestal? (part 6)
A history book finally uses the Willcutts Report as one of its sources, The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War by Nicholas Thompson, yet it still perpetuates the myth of Forrestal’s suicide.
Oliver Stone on James Forrestal
Leftists attack Forrestal’s anti-communism by means of his alleged suicide, as illustrated in The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. The above article analyzes the book’s willfully poor scholarship.
Man Awarded Ph.D. for Trashing Martin, Forrestal
Comments on Matthew McNiece’s Ph.D. thesis “Un-Americans” and “Anti-Communists”: The Rhetorical Battle to Define Twentieth-Century America.
The Forrestal Murder and the News Media
An up-to-date review of the Forrestal case and David Martin’s work on it. Begins by telling how he first became interested in Forrestal while investigating the news media’s treatment of another mysterious death, that of Vince Foster. He points out the similar types of lies, distortions and omissions used to promote the suicide story in both cases.
Persistent Lies About James Forrestal
Details David Martin’s effort to get two websites to set their records straight.
Letter to a Court Historian about Forrestal’s Death
Letter to Prof. Gregg Herken (emeritus), author of The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington.
The American (Establishment) Catholic on Forrestal’s Death
Letters to Donald R. McClarey and Tito Edwards of The American Catholic about Mr. McClarey’s article “James Forrestal and his Prophecy.”
Spartacus Drops the Ball on Forrestal
Letter to John Simkin about his Spartacus Educational website’s entry on Forrestal.
Daughter of Key Forrestal Witness Surfaces
A daughter of Edward Prise emailed David Martin on September 26, 2017. The meat of her message reads:
My father “lived in fear of something happening because of information he knew about the case. We grew up hearing whispers between our parents in reference to this matter but were not allowed to ask for details. Even up until a year prior to my father's death in 1991 he had called me and was in fear that he was going to be questioned again about the issue. ... it was always a shadow in our lives.”
Mr. Martin considers why Prise would be afraid and, in particular, points out that 1991 was when Hoopes and Brinkley were working on their biography of Forrestal.
Frightened Forrestal Witness Became War Hero
About the subsequent war record of Edward Prise. About his name being obscured in the Willcutts Report (where it is Price) along with that of another witness, Nurse Hardy (where it is Harty). Reasons to believe Forrestal was murdered rather than committing suicide.
David Martin’s work was a great help in creating the page preceding this one, however he isn’t responsible for this website and consequently doesn’t necessarily agree with it.